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Now, let's win the series

July 31, 2012

We won the opener of our current series at Kitsap last night, thanks to a brilliant complete-game pitching performance from veteran Max Beatty, and an offense that exploded for a homer and two doubles among its 13 hits.

Now, let's win tonight's Game 2, take the series, and move one step closer to our sixth consecutive West Coast League West Division championship. Lefty Dylan Stuart of UC Riverside is our projected starter. You can catch the game live on KEJO-1240 AM, starting with broadcaster Kevin Burke's 6:20 p.m. pregame show.

And by the way, if you're in the area, it's a $2 Tuesday at the Kitsap County Fairgrounds in Silverdale: $2 general admission tickets, $2 hot dogs and soda, and $2 domestic beer. Makes me wish I'd have made the trip!

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Our opponents continue to help us in our quest for that aforementioned division championship. Last night Klamath Falls knocked off Cowlitz so we gained a full game on the Black Bears, our closest pursuer in the title race.

We now lead Cowlitz and Klamath Falls by 3.5 games, and fourth-place Bend by four games. We've got nine games left; Klamath Falls has eight, Bend and Cowlitz 10 apiece.

The top two teams advance to the best-of-3 divisional playoffs, which start Aug. 11. The best-of-3 WCL Championship Series runs Aug. 15-18 (Aug. 16 is a travel day) and starts with one game at the West representative's stadium.

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The Kitsap series concludes at 6:35 p.m. Wednesday night. Then, it's back to Corvallis for our final regular-season homestand, Thursday through Saturday against the Cowlitz Black Bears.

We've got some great promotions for those three games.

* Thursday is a Block 15 Thursday and $1 hot dog night. It's also 70's night, so dig out your leisure suits, headbands and other clothing from that era and join the fun. Game time is 6:40 p.m.

* Friday is our second $1,000 Kid's Dash for Cash, presented by Dr. Curtis E. Trammell. Children 12 and under can battle for $1,000 in $1 bills on the infield. Game time is 6:40 p.m.

* Saturday is Pioneer Telephone Fireworks Night. It promises to be just as spectacular as our July 2 event, which many fans called our best-ever. Game time is 7:15 p.m.

The weather is supposed to be beautiful and there's no better place to be on a summer night than Goss Stadium!

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Ex-Knights star Brent Morel (2006-07) is now on a rehab assignment with Charlotte in the triple-A International League. He's been bothered since May by a back injury that is finally on the mend.

He was 1-for-3 with a run in a 4-3 win over Gwinnett last night, and will be back in the majors before too long.

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Clearwater first baseman Jim Murphy (2007) was 2-for-4 with a double in an 8-3 loss to St. Lucie to earn Corvallis Knights Minor League Player of the Day honors for Monday. Clearwater is Philadelphia's affiliate in the Class A (advanced) Florida State League. He's a former Washington State star.

Honorable mention goes to:

* Springfield's Adam Melker (2008-09) was 1-for-3 with a run in a 9-5 win over NW Arkansas. Springfield is St.Louis's affiliate in the double-A Texas League. Melker played at Cal Poly.

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That's all for today. See you again on Wednesday.


Red, white and blue jerseys on sale now!

July 27, 2012

Our red, white and blue patriotic jerseys the Knights have worn several times this summer are now on sale for $100 apiece. Just email us at dan.segel@corvallisknights.com to reserve your jersey.

These special game jerseys will be worn for the last time on Pioneer Telephone Fireworks Night on Saturday, Aug. 4, and auctioned off at the game. But you can make sure you get the jersey of your choice by ordering now.

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Our 10-1 win over Klamath Falls last night gave us a little more breathing room in the super-tight West Division pennant race.

We now lead the Gems by two games and Bend by three. We have 10 league games remaining (3 @ Kitsap; 3 home with Cowlitz, 4 @ Klamath Falls); Klamath Falls has 12 remaining, Bend 14.

That works in our favor, as our players and our pitchers will be more rested entering the final two weeks of the season. We won't be playing every day, but our opponents will.

The East Division is almost as tight. Wenatchee leads Bellingham by one game, with Kelowna four back. Wenatchee and the Bells have 13 games remaining, while Kelowna has 11.

The top two teams in each division advance to the best-of-3 divisional playoffs, which run Aug. 11-13. The best-of-3 WCL Championship Series is Aug. 15-18, starting with one game at the West representative's venue.

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A quick look at the weekend:

* Tonight is Cap Night. The first 1,000 fans get a throwback Knights cap from the Tommy Hanson/Bud Norris era. It's cardinal, with a white block K.

* Saturday is Brent Morel Bobblehead Night. The first 750 fans get a bobblehead of the White Sox third baseman, the first Corvallis Knight to play in the majors.

So come on out to the ballpark. Lots of good stuff going on at Goss Stadium.

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Speaking of getting on out to the ballpark, our Thursday night crowd of 1,125 raised our season attendance total to 32,356, the second-highest in franchise history. The Knights are just 687 fans behind last year's record pace of 42,447.

We have five home games left, not including playoffs, which are no sure thing. We must average just over 2,000 fans a game to break last year's record before the playoffs; that would be quite an accomplishment, considering the horrible June weather, no All-Star Game this year, and that we drew about 2,700 in three playoff games.

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Former UC Riverside/Knights second baseman Drew Garcia (2007) was 3-for-5 with a double, a three-run homer and three RBIs for Charlotte in an 8-7 loss to Scranton-Wilkes Barre to earn the Corvallis Knights Minor League Player of the Day award for Thursday. Charlotte in the Chicago White Sox' affiliate in the triple-A International League.

Honorable mention goes to:

* Clearwater's Jim Murphy (2007) had a two-run homer in a 7-4 loss to Jupiter. Clearwater is Philadelphia's affiliate in the Class A (advanced) Florida State League.

* Everett's Taylor Ard (2009) had a two-run homer in a 4-1 win over Salem-Keizer. Everett is Seattle's Affiliate in the Class A (short) Northwest League.

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Speaking of our Corvallis Knights in the minor leagues, here are the updated stats for our Corvallis Knights in minor-league affiliated baseball (all stats through Thursday's games):

NICK AKINS, Dodgers (2007): The former Vanguard outfielder is hitting .219 (14-64) with two homers and six RBIs for the Great Lakes Loons in the Class A Midwest League. He is on the DL.

DAYTON ALEXANDER, Athletics (2011): The former Feather River College outfielder is hitting .138 (9-65) with four RBIs for Vermont in the Class A New York-Penn League.

BO ALTOBELLI, Twins (2010): The ex-Texas Tech catcher is hitting .162 (6-37) with five RBIs for Elizabethton in the Class A Appalachian League.

TYLER ANDERSON, Rockies (2009): Now with the Asheville Tourists in the Class A South Atlantic League, the ex-Oregon star is 8-2, 2.30, with 48 strikeouts in 83.1 innings.

MATT ANDRIESE, Padres (2009): Now with Lake Elsinore in the Class A California League, the pitcher from UC Riverside is 8-5, 3.21, with 93 strikeouts in 106.2 innings.

TAYLOR ARD, Mariners (2009): Now with Everett in the Class A Northwest League, the ex-Washington State first baseman is hitting .260 (40-164) with six homers and 33 RBIs.

CODY BARTLETT, Blue Jays (2007): Now playing for the Class A Gulf Coast Blue Jays, the ex-Washington State infielder is hitting .130 (6-46), with no homers and two RBIs.

CARTER BELL, Diamondbacks (2009): Now with Visalia in the Class A California League, the former Oregon State infielder is hitting .238 (48-202) with one homer and 18 RBIs.

MICHAEL BLAKE, Diamondbacks (2010): Now with Missoula in the Class A Pioneer League, the ex-Mt. Hood/Hawaii pitcher is 0-0, 3.00, with one save and 14 strikeouts in nine innings.

ALEX BURG, Giants (2008): Now with San Jose in the Class A California League, the former Washington State catcher/infielder/outfielder is hitting .267 (58-217) with eight homers and 28 RBIs.

MATT DUFFY, Giants (2010): The former Long Beach State infielder is hitting .246 (35-142) with one homer and 12 RBIs for Salem-Keizer in the Class A Northwest League.

JOHN ESHLEMAN, Giants (2008): The San Jacinto JC infielder has been released.

ROCKY GALE, Padres (2007, 2009): The former Portland catcher is back with Tucson in the triple-A Pacific Coast League and is hitting .140 (7-50), with five RBIs.

DREW GARCIA, White Sox (2007): Now with Charlotte in the triple-A International League, the former UC Riverside infielder is hitting .256 (65-254), with five homers and 37 RBIs.

SAM GAVIGLIO, Cardinals (2009): Now with Quad City in the Class A Midwest League, the ex-Oregon State pitcher is 5-7, 4.79, with 80 strikeouts in 94 innings.

DEAN GREEN, Tigers (2008): Now with Lakeland in the Florida State League on a rehab assignement, Green is hitting .182 (4-22), with no homers and three RBIs. The former Oklahoma State/Barry infielder hit .306 (67-219), with nine homers and 38 RBIs, with West Michigan in the Class A Midwest League before being injured.

MITCH HANIGER, Brewers (2010): The the former Cal Poly outfielder hit .286 (14-49), with a homer and eight RBIs, for the Wisconsin Timber Rattlers in the Class A Midwest League before suffering a season-ending knee injury.

CHRIS JOHNSON, Giants (2011): Now at Salem-Keizer in the Class A Northwest League, the ex-Portland pitcher is 1-1, 4.43 with 20 strikeouts in 20 innings.

D.J. JOHNSON, Diamondbacks (2008-09): Now with Visalia of the Class A California League, the former Mt. Hood/Western Oregon pitcher is 1-2, 4.41, with three saves and 20 strikeouts in 16.1 innings.

KYLE KRAUS, Red Sox (2009-10): Now with Lowell in the Class A New York-Penn League, the former Portland pitcher is 0-0, 3.68, with one save and eight strikeouts in 7.1 innings.

SCOTT LYMAN, Marlins (2010): The ex-UC Davis star is 1-6, 9.17 with the Greensboro Grasshoppers of the Class A South Atlantic League, with 33 strikeouts in 36.1 innings.

THOMAS McCARTHY, White Sox (2010): Now with Great Falls in the Class A Pioneer League, the ex-Kentucky third baseman is hitting .293 (17-58) with no homers and seven RBIs.

ADAM MELKER, Cardinals (2008-09): Now with Springfield in the double-A Texas League, the former Cal Poly outfielder is hitting .247 (55-223), with six homers and 19 RBIs.

JIM MURPHY, Phillies (2007): Now with Clearwater in the Class A Florida State League, the former Washington State infielder is hitting .273 (93-341), with 13 homers and 64 RBIs.

JAMES NYGREN, Marlins (2009): Now with Greensboro in the Class A South Atlantic League, the ex-Oregon State pitcher is 6-1, 5.86, with 10 saves and 29 strikeouts in 55.1 innings.

EDDIE OROZCO, Cubs (2008-09): Recently promoted to the Boise Hawks in the Class A Northwest League, the former UC Riverside pitcher is 1-0, 0.82, with nine strikeouts in 11 innings.

JOSH OSICH, Giants (2008): Now with San Jose in the Class A California League, the ex-Oregon State pitcher is 0-2, 3.91, with a save and 26 strikeouts in 25.1 innings.

GREG PEAVEY, Mets (2008): Now with Binghamton in the double-A Eastern League, the ex-Oregon State pitcher is 4-6, 5.64, with 55 strikeouts in 95.2 innings.

NICK STRUCK, Cubs (2010): Now with Tennessee in the Class AA Southern League, the former Mt. Hood pitcher is 11-9, 3.52, with 91 strikeouts in 115 innings.

ANDREW SUSAC, Giants (2009): Now with San Jose in the Class A California League, the ex-Oregon State catcher is hitting .218 (57-262), with seven homers and 32 RBIs.

NOT YET ASSIGNED: LHP Mark Trentacosta (2011), UC Irvine (Cardinals). :


Attendance now No. 2 all-time

July 26, 2012

Tough night at the ballpark on Wednesday, where we lost a game we should have won when Klamath Falls scored three times in the 11th for a 4-1 victory.

We now lead the Gems by a single game and Bend by two in the WCL West. The two playoff participants may not be determined until Aug. 6-9, when we finish the regular season with four games at Klamath Falls.

We do have some good news, though. Our Wilson Motors Night crowd of 1,752 raised our season attendance to 31,231, the second-highest all-time since we moved to Corvallis for the 2007 season.

And that number should grow considerably over the next three nights, as we've got great promotions planned.

* Thursday is State Farm Insurance Rally Towel Night, a Block 15 Thursday, and a $1 hot dog night. So there are lots of good reasons to come on out to the ballpark.

* Friday is Cap Night. The first 1,000 fans get a throwback Knights cap from the Tommy Hanson/Bud Norris era. It's cardinal, with a white block K.

* Saturday is Brent Morel Bobblehead Night. The first 750 fans get a bobblehead of the White Sox third baseman, the first Corvallis Knight to play in the majors.

So come on out to the ballpark. Lots of good stuff going on at Goss Stadium.

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Former Oregon State/Knights pitcher Sam Gaviglio (2009) of Quad Cities pitched six shutout innings, gave up two hits and had three strikeouts but was not involved in the decision in a 1-0 loss to Clinton on Wednesday to earn Corvallis Knights Minor League Player of the Day honors. Quad City is St. Louis's affiliate in the Class A Midwest League.

Honorable mention goes to:

* Ex-Portland/Knights pitcher Chris Johnson (2011) gave up one run in four innings and had four strikeouts for Salem-Keizer in a 6-4 win over Everett. Salem-Keizer is San Francisco's affiliate in the Class A (short) Northwest League.

* In the same game, ex-Washington State/Knights first baseman Taylor Ard was 2-for-4 with a double and two RBIs for Everett, Seattle's Northwest League affiliate.

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Klamath Falls head coach Josh Hogan will miss tonight's 6:40 p.m. series finale as he serves a one-game suspension for bumping home plate umpire Joseph Penna during an argument that ultimately led to Hogan's ejection.

Assistant coach Kurt Lupinski was also ejected, but wasn't suspended. Gems' assistant coach Billy Clontz wlll run the team in Hogan's absence.

Hogan and Clontz, of course, are former Knights players and Clontz was an assistant coach under Brooke Knight from 2010-11.

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That's all for today. We'll update the stats of our Corvallis Knights in the minors on Friday.


Bibona returning to UC Irvine

July 25, 2012

Former Knights pitcher Daniel Bibona, an honorable-mention West Coast League all-star for our 2007 WCL runners-up, will return to UC Irvne, his alma mater, as a volunteer assistant coach.

Bibona was released earlier this year by the St. Louis Cardinals after several seasons in their minor-league system. He played at Quad Cities in the Midwest League in 2010, missed 2011 with injuries, and pitched briefly at Batavia in the New York-Penn League this year before being released.

Here are the details from the UCI website.

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Great showing by the Knights at last night's WCL All-Star Game at Walla Walla. Outfielder Connor Hofmann was the MVP; infielder Caleb Whalen drove in the winning run, and pitchers Rob Dittrick, Jorge Perez and Devon Barker all pitched scoreless baseball in the West Division's 3-2 victory.

Here are the details from the news section of our website, and here's a story from The Wenatchee World newspaper, which covered the game.

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Former UC Riverside/Knights pitcher Matt Andriese (2009) struck out three, allowed one unearned run and three hits over six innings in Lake Elsinore's 3-1 victory over Lancaster on Tuesday to earn Corvallis Knights Minor League Player of the Day honors. Lake Elsinore of San Diego's affiliate in the Class A (advanced) California League.

Honorable mention goes to:

* San Jose catcher Andrew Susac (2009) was 2-for-4 with two RBIs and three runs in a 12-0 win over Bakersfield. San Jose is San Francisco's affiliate in the Class A (advanced) California League.

* Pitcher Kyle Kraus (2009-10) earned his first save by striking out one in a perfect inning of relief in Lowell's 5-3 win over Vermont. Lowell is Boston's affiliate in the Class A (short) New York-Penn League.

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That's all for today.


More honors for Greg Mahle

July 24, 2012

We missed this last week, but it's never too late to announce good news.

Knights' pitcher/first baseman Greg Mahle of UC Santa Barbara became the most-decorated freshman in school baseball history when he was named a second-team Freshman All-American by Perfect Game USA. It was his third All-American citation.

The native of Westminster, Calif., hit .347 in 2012, tied for fifth-best in the Big West Conference, with a team-high 35 RBIs. He doubled as the closer and had a team-best four saves, with 45 strikeouts in 46.1 innings pitched. He was also named to the 20-person Two-Way Player of the Year Watch List, but was not a finalist.

Mahle had earlier been honored as a Freshman All-American by the National Collegiate Baseball Writers Association and Louisville Slugger. He is the first Gaucho to be named to three national All-American squads; he also weas a second-team Big West Conference all-star.

So, congrats to Greg, who is doing a great job for us as a combo hitter-pitcher.

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Knights right-hander Jorge Perez of Grand Canyon University will be the West Division's starting pitcher at tonight's West Coast League All-Star Gamne at Walla Walla. He will be opposed by righty Brandon Marris of Kelowna.

Perez is one of seven Knights who will play for the West Division team tonight. Here are the details from our website. Knights' skipper Brooke Knight and pitching coach Connor Lambert will handle the coaching staff.

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Here's a story on Knights catcher Nate Esposito from today's Corvallis Gazette-Times. There's also one on catcher Austin Barr representing us in the ASG home run derby competition.

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Former Knights/Oregon State pitcher Greg Peavey gave up one unearned run and three hits and had three strikeouts for Binghamton in an 8-1 win over New Britain on Monday to earn Corvallis Knights Minor League Player of the Day honors. Binghamton is the New York Mets' affiliate in the double-A Eastern League.

Honorable mention goes to:

* Clearwater first baseman Jim Murphy of Washington State, the Knights' 2007 WVP, was 2-for-3 with his 12th homer in a 2-1 win over Dundein. Clearwater is Philadelphia's affiliate in the Class A (advanced) Florida State League.

* Charlotte second baseman Drew Garcia (2007) was 2-for-3 and scored three times in a 9-6 win over Buffalo. Charlotte is the Chicago White Sox' affiliate in the triple-A International League.

* Springfield outfielder Adam Melker (2008-09) was 2-for-4 with a run in a 5-4 win over NW Arkansas. Springfield is St. Louis' affiliate in the double-A Texas League.


Barr to represent Knights at HR Derby

July 23, 2012

We are back, after another busy weekend at the ballpark.

It didn't go exactly as planned - we'd have loved to win the second game of Saturday's doubleheader against Kelowna and win the series - but we got some help from Bellingham and Walla Walla and did enough ourselves to stay ahead of Bend and Klamath Falls in the West Division pennant race.

We enter the final three weeks of the regular season with a two-game edge on both clubs. The Wednesday-Thursday series against the Gems at Goss Stadium will be huge, so make sure you get out there to support the Knights.

* Wednesday is Wilson Motors Night; free tickets are available at the dealership, corner NW 5th Street and Buchanan Avenue in Corvallis.

* Thursday is State Farm Insurance Rally Towel Night, a Block 15 Thursday, and a $1 hot dog night. So there are lots of good reasons to come on out to the ballpark.

It's a big weekend, too, as we entertain the WCL Portland Lobos in a nonleague series.

* Friday is Cap Night. The first 1,000 fans get a throwback Knights cap from the Tommy Hanson/Bud Norris era. It's cardinal, with a white block K.

* Saturday is Brent Morel Bobblehead Night. The first 750 fans get a bobblehead of the White Sox third baseman, the first Corvallis Knight to play in the majors.

So come on out to the ballpark. Lots of good stuff going on at Goss Stadium.

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Catcher Austin Barr will represent the Knights on Tuesday in the Home Run Derby at the West Coast League All-Star Game. It will be held prior to the midsummer classic, scheduled for 7:35 p.m. at Borleske Stadium in Walla Walla.

A 2012 graduate of Camas (Wash.) High School who will play at Stanford in 2013, Barr hit his team-high third homer on Sunday in a 4-0 victory over the WCL Portland Ports. He is hitting .322, with three homers and 17 RBIs, in 30 total games this summer.

All nine teams will have one entrant. Barr can become the Knights' second consecutive derby champion; Sean Myrom of Concordia University won last year's event at Goss Stadium.

Barr is one of seven Knights named to the West Division team. Pitchers Rob Dittrick, Jorge Perez and Devon Barker; infielder Caleb Whalen,and outfielders Connor Hofmann and Nate Blackham were also selected.

Knights' skipper Brooke Knight will coach the West Division team, assisted by pitching coach Connor Lambert.

Kevin Burke, the voice of the Knights, is also going, to assist Walla Walla's Tristan Hobbes with the radio broadcast.

They all headed up to Walla Walla this afternoon. Should be a fun trip.

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Our attendance has zoomed to 29,479 for 24 home dates, an average of 1,228 per game. We long ago passed our 2007 and 2008 total attendance, and we'll beat our total attendance for the 2009 and 2010 seasons this Wednesday.

So, we're assured of no worse than our second-best season since moving to Corvallis for the 2007 campaign.

We set our record (42,447) last year. We're 1,877 fans behind that pace at the moment, thanks to poor June weather and a makeup game. But as we said, we've got some big dates coming up and we're still hopeful to match or surpass last year's total.

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Former Knights/Texas Tech catcher Bo Altobelli (2010) was 2-for-3 with a double and two RBIs for Elizabethton in a 6-5 loss to Kingston on Sunday to earn Corvallis Knights Minor League Player of the Day honors. Elizabethton is Minnesota's affiliate in the Class A (rookie) Appalachian League.

Honorable mention goes to:

* Charlotte/UC Riverside 2B Drew Garcia (2007), who was 2-for-4 with a double and two RBIs in a 10-8 win over Buffalo. Charlotte is the Chicago White Sox' affiliate in the triple-A International League.

* Great Falls/Kentucky third baseman Thomas McCarthy (2010), who was 2-for-3 with two RBIs and a double in a 6-5 win over Ogden. Great Falls is the White Sox' affiliate in the single-A (rookie) Pioneer League.

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Big wins leaves everybody smiling

July 20, 2012

Quite a game at Goss Stadium on Thursday night, where we defeated the Bend Elks 5-3 in a white-knuckler that had the feel of a playoff game.

We won the first and the last games of the five-game series, so Bend did trim our lead in the West Division by one full game. It's down to 1.5 games; we have 15 games left, the Elks have 18.

But we're home to Kelowna for three games, starting tonight, and we play eight of our final 15 at Goss Stadium and three of those road games are at last-place Kitsap. The Elks start a 7-game road trip today at Bellingham, and they play 12 of their final 18 games overall, and five of their last six this season, on the road.

So we should have a little edge there as we battle the Elks and the resurgent Klamath Falls Gems battle for the West Division's two playoff spots. The Gems started the season 2-18, but they are 16-1 in their last 17 and have fought their way back into playoff contention.

So, it should be an exciting final three weeks.

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Last night's crowd of 1,425 was the second-largest of our mid-July homestand. They were enthusiastic, into the game, and definitely gave our players a boost.

We're now at 26,311 for 21 home dates, an average of 1,253 per game. That's 1,177 fans behind last year's record pace (42,447) but we've got plenty of promotions coming up that should help us surpass that mark.

(Just as a point of reference, we drew 12,729 in 2007 and 17,299 in 2008, so you can see how far we've come in a short time.)

We're averaging 1,293 over the seven games of our current homestand, and that's without a Friday or Saturday night game. We now rank second in WCL attendance (league games only).

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San Jose's Alex Burg (2008) was 2-for-4 with a double, an RBI and three runsscored in a 1`5-8 win over Lancaster to earn Corvallis Knights Minor League Player of the Day honors. San Jose is San Francisco's affiliate in the Class A (advanced) California League.

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Finally, it's Friday, so here are the updated stats for our Corvallis Knights in minor-league affiliated baseball (all stats through Thursday's games):

NICK AKINS, Dodgers (2007): The former Vanguard outfielder is hitting .219 (14-64) with two homers and six RBIs for the Great Lakes Loons in the Class A Midwest League. He is on the DL.

DAYTON ALEXANDER, Athletics (2011): The former Feather River College outfielder is hitting .136 (8-59) with four RBIs for Vermont in the Class A New York-Penn League.

BO ALTOBELLI, Twins (2010): The ex-Texas Tech catcher is hitting .118 (4-34) with three RBIs for Elizabethton in the Class A Appalachian League.

TYLER ANDERSON, Rockies (2009): Now with the Asheville Tourists in the Class A South Atlantic League, the ex-Oregon star is 8-2, 2.64, with 44 strikeouts in 78.1 innings.

MATT ANDRIESE, Padres (2009): Now with Lake Elsinore in the Class A California League, the pitcher from UC Riverside is 7-5, 3.40, with 90 strikeouts in 100.2 innings.

TAYLOR ARD, Mariners (2009): Now with Everett in the Class A Northwest League, the ex-Washington State first baseman is hitting .260 (34-131) with five homers and 27 RBIs.

CODY BARTLETT, Blue Jays (2007): Now playing for the Class A Gulf Coast Blue Jays, the ex-Washington State infielder is hitting .130 (6-46), with no homers and two RBIs.

CARTER BELL, Diamondbacks (2009): Now with Visalia in the Class A California League, the former Oregon State infielder is hitting .246 (46-187) with one homer and 17 RBIs.

MICHAEL BLAKE, Diamondbacks (2010): Now with Missoula in the Class A Pioneer League, the ex-Mt. Hood/Hawaii pitcher is 0-0, 3.00, with one save and 14 strikeouts in nine innings.

ALEX BURG, Giants (2008): Now with San Jose in the Class A California League, the former Washington State catcher/infielder/outfielder is hitting .268 (52-194) with eight homers and 26 RBIs.

MATT DUFFY, Giants (2010): The former Long Beach State infielder is hitting .262 (32-122) with one homer and eight RBIs for Salem-Keizer in the Class A Northwest League.

JOHN ESHLEMAN, Giants (2008): The San Jacinto JC infielder, now with the double-A Eastern League Richmond Squirrels, has scored one run in three games but does not have an at-bat. He is on the 7-day DL.

ROCKY GALE, Padres (2007, 2009): The former Portland catcher is back with Tucson in the triple-A Pacific Coast League and is hitting .152 (5-33), with three RBIs.

DREW GARCIA, White Sox (2007): Now with Charlotte in the triple-A International League, the former UC Riverside infielder is hitting .251 (54-224), with four homers and 28 RBIs.

SAM GAVIGLIO, Cardinals (2009): Now with Quad City in the Class A Midwest League, the ex-Oregon State pitcher is 5-7, 5.11, with 75 strikeouts in 88 innings.

DEAN GREEN, Tigers (2008): Now with Lakeland in the Florida State League on a rehab assignement, Green is hitting .000 (0-4), with no homers or RBIs. The former Oklahoma State/Barry infielder hit .306 (67-219), with nine homers and 38 RBIs, with West Michigan in the Class A Midwest League before being injured.

MITCH HANIGER, Brewers (2010): The the former Cal Poly outfielder hit .286 (14-49), with a homer and eight RBIs, for the Wisconsin Timber Rattlers in the Class A Midwest League before suffering a season-ending knee injury.

CHRIS JOHNSON, Giants (2011): Now at Salem-Keizer in the Class A Northwest League, the ex-Portland pitcher is 1-1, 6.14 with 11 strikeouts in 14.2 innings.

D.J. JOHNSON, Diamondbacks (2008-09): Now with Visalia of the Class A California League, the former Mt. Hood/Western Oregon pitcher is 1-2, 4.73, with three saves and 15 strikeouts in 13.1 innings.

KYLE KRAUS, Red Sox (2009-10): Now with Lowell in the Class A New York-Penn League, the former Portland pitcher is 0-0, 4.50, with seven strikeouts in six innings.

SCOTT LYMAN, Marlins (2010): The ex-UC Davis star is 1-4, 8.67 with the Greensboro Grasshoppers of the Class A South Atlantic League, with 20 strikeouts in 27 innings.

THOMAS McCARTHY, White Sox (2010): Now with Great Falls in the Class A Pioneer League, the ex-Kentucky third baseman is hitting .235 (12-51) with no homers and four RBIs.

ADAM MELKER, Cardinals (2008-09): Now with Springfield in the double-A Texas League, the former Cal Poly outfielder is hitting .250 (51-204), with six homers and 18 RBIs.

JIM MURPHY, Phillies (2007): Now with Clearwater in the Class A Florida State League, the former Washington State infielder is hitting .274 (88-321), with 11 homers and 60 RBIs.

JAMES NYGREN, Marlins (2009): Now with Greensboro in the Class A South Atlantic League, the ex-Oregon State pitcher is 6-1, 5.74, with 10 saves and 28 strikeouts in 53.1 innings.

EDDIE OROZCO, Cubs (2008-09): Recently promoted to the Boise Hawks in the Class A Northwest League, the former UC Riverside pitcher is 1-0, 0.00, with four strikeouts in eight innings.

JOSH OSICH, Giants (2008): Now with San Jose in the Class A California League, the ex-Oregon State pitcher is 0-2, 4.43, with a save and 23 strikeouts in 22.1 innings.

GREG PEAVEY, Mets (2008): Now with Binghamton in the double-A Eastern League, the ex-Oregon State pitcher is 3-6, 6.09, with 52 strikeouts in 88.1 innings.

NICK STRUCK, Cubs (2010): Now with Tennessee in the Class AA Southern League, the former Mt. Hood pitcher is 10-9, 3.60, with 89 strikeouts in 110 innings.

ANDREW SUSAC, Giants (2009): Now with San Jose in the Class A California League, the ex-Oregon State catcher is hitting .219 (53-242), with six homers and 28 RBIs.

NOT YET ASSIGNED: LHP Mark Trentacosta (2011), UC Irvine (Cardinals).

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That's all for today. Remember, tonight vs. Kelowna at 6:40; doubleheader against Kelowna on Saturday at 5, and a non-leaguer with WCL Portland Ports at 5:15 Sunday. That's the rescheduled Dash for Cash.


It's Seat Cushion Night at Goss

July 19, 2012

We play our final regular-season game against the Bend Elks at 6:40 tonight at Goss Stadium. It's a Block 15 Thursday and Barker-Uerlings Insurance Seat Cushion Giveaway Night, so we expect another good crowd.

We still lead the West Division by 1/2 game over the Elks, and we're in good shape to qualify for the playoffs for the sixth year in a row. But we need to win to maintain our lead and to get headed in the right direction again.

No doubt, we're scuffling, and our 11 losses in the last 14 league games have enabled the Elks to get back into the pennant race. But we have 16 games left and we are confident we'll get things turned around, starting tonight.

We host Kelowna in a single game on Friday and a doubleheader on Saturday. Then, we head into the all-star break after Sunday's nonleague game with the WCL Portland Ports. It's the makeup of the June 22 rainout; it's also All Family Vision Care's kids $1,000 Dash for Cash night, always one of our more popular promotions.

So, we'll see you at the ballpark!

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Another good crowd last night and the 1,374 Knights fans at the ballpark raised our season attendance to 24,906 in 20 openings. That's an average of 1,245 per night.

We're 85 fans behind last year's record pace (42,447) at a corresponding date. We'll drop a little bit further behind tonight, as the corresponding date from last year was the WCL All-Star game, which drew an ASG-record crowd of 2,517.

But we have lots of good promotions left - Cap Night, Bobblehead Night, Wilson Motors Night, Rally Towel Night, another Dash for Cash, and Fireworks on Aug. 4 - so we're confident we can break last year's record.

But we can't do it without you. So get out to the ballpark!

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The Pittsburgh Pirates have returned former Aloha Knight Matt Hague (2005; he's "Slider Guy") to triple-A Indianapolis after a brief stint - his third this season - with the big club.

He's hitting .229 (15-70) with no homers and seven RBIs in 30 games with the Pirates and .276 (51-185) with two homers and 27 RBIs in 46 games at Indianapolis.

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Former Knights (2010)/Long Beach State shortstop Matt Duffy was 3-for-5 with a grand slam, six RBIs and two runs in an 11-4 win over Everett to earn Corvallis Knights Minor League Player of the Day honors. S-K is San Francisco's affiliate in the Class A (short) Northwest League.

Honorable mention goes to:

* Charlotte second baseman Drew Garcia (2007), who was 3-for-6 with three runs in a 9-3 win over Scranton-Wilkes-Barre. Charlotte is the White Sox' affiliate in the triple-A International League. Drew played at UC Riverside.

* Springfield outfielder Adam Melker (2008-09), who was 2-for-4 with a run and a two-run homer in a 6-5 loss to Tulsa. Springfield is St. Louis's affiliate in the Class AA Texas League.

We'll have updated stats for all our minor-league Corvallis Knights in Friday's blog.


Don't forget, $1.000 Dash for Cash is Sunday

July 18, 2012

First, just a quick reminder: We play the WCL Portland Ports at 5:15 p.m. Sunday in the makeup of the June 22 rained-out game.

It's our first $1,000 Kids Dash for Cash, presented by All Family Vision Care. So come on out and bring the whole family!

And remember, we play Bend tonight and Thursday and Kelowna in a single game on Friday and in a 5:05 p.m. doubleheader on Saturday. Tonight is also the Take Me Out to the Ballgame 5K night, the race finishes at home plate just before the first pitch.

So, lots of great action at Goss Stadium! Come on out and help us break last year's attendance record of 42,447. We're on pace and can do it if every Knights fan does his or her part!

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Pretty disappointing two games over in Bend, and quite honestly, a pretty disappointing July so far. We are 3-10 in our last 13 West Coast League games after a sizzling 18-6 start. We've had some injuries that have hurt us, and lately it seems that if we pitch well, we don't hit, or if we hit well, we don't pitch.

But we've got five league games at home this week so hopefully we can go 4-1 or 5-0 ad get back on track. Our expectations haven't changed: Make the playoffs, and compete for a repeat WCL championship.

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We remain in the "also receiving votes" category in this week's Perfect Game USA summer college wood bat Top 30 poll, conducted by reporter Allan Simpson. No. 10 Wenatchee is the West Coast League's only representative.

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Former Oregon State/Knights pitcher Greg Peavey (2007) gave up three runs in 6.1 innings and got a no-decision on Tuesday for Binghamton in a 5-4 loss to Trenton to earn Corvallis Knights Minor League Player of the Day honors. Binghamton is the New York Mets' affiliate in the double-A Eastern League.

Honorable mention went to:

* San Jose Giants' RF Alex Burg (2008) hit his eighth homer of the season in a 4-3 loss to Lancaster. BUrg, who played at Washington State, was our 2008 MVP. San Jose is San Francisco's affiliate in the Class A (advanced) California League.

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That's all for today. See you on Thursday.


Seven Knights, coaches make WCL All-Star team

July 17, 2012

We're over in Bend and it's almost time to clear out of the hotel, so today's blog will be brief. But we've got some big news for the Knights today.

Seven Knights and our coaching staff have been selected to the West Coast League All-Star Game, scheduled for Tuesday night at Borleske Stadium in Walla Walla.

Catcher Austin Barr (Camas High/Stanford); outfielders Nate Blackham (Washington State) and Connor Hofmann (Oregon); third baseman Caleb Whalen (Portland), and pitchers Devon Barker (Centralia CC), Jorge Perez (Grand Canyon) and Rob Dittrick (Pacific University) will represent the Knights on the 21-member West Division team.

Brooke Knight of the Knights will coach the West, assisted by pitching coach Connor Lambert. Knights' assistant coach Andy Jenkins has a previous commitment, so Knight will choose an alternate from another West Division team as his second assistant. Our coaches were selected because we're in first place at the all-star break.

Check our website later today for more details. Here are the complete East and West Division teams, from the WCL website.

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Good news and bad news on the injury front. Infielder Nate Roberts of Seattle U. is on the trip and has resumed training as he continues to recover from a wrist injury suffered in Bellingham on July 4. He has missed 10 league games but is projected to return soon.

However, catcher Nate Esposito suffered a bruised right index finger on Monday when hit by a pitch on an attempted bunt. X-rays revealed no fracture; fluid was drained from underneath the fingernail, he's in a splint and it looks pretty nasty. He won't play tonight but is considered day-to-day (but seriously, aren't we all?).

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Former Knights/Wazzu first baseman Taylor Ard (2009) of the Everett AquaSox was 3-for-5 with a triple, homer, three runs and four RBIs in an 11-2 win over Salem-Keizer. Everett is Seattle's affiliate in the Class A (short) Northwest League.

Honorable mention goes to:

* Former Knights (2008-09)/Cal Poly outfielder Adam Melker was 2-for-3 with a homer and an RBI for Springfield in a 4-3 win over Tulsa. Springfield is St. Louis's affiliate in the Class AA Texas League.

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First baseman Joshua Wong (Hawaii-Hilo) of Klamath Falls and pitcher Brandon Marris (Southeastern Oklahoma State) of Kelowna were named the West Coast League Players of the Week. Here are the details from the WCL website.

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That's all for today. Remember, we're home Wednesday, Thursday, Friday, Saturday and Sunday nights, so come on out to the ballpark!